11/04/09 155 W, 1 I - + 12 - 12 Metropolitan Hall Didn't Burn

For years, my Raleigh Fire Department timelines have included the event "Metropolitan Hall Burns" in the year 1920. The exact date wasn't known, nor were details available. As memory serves, I had tried and failed a couple times to find details of a fire there. Turns out, the building never burned. Instead, it was simply demolished in 1920. The structure was built in 1870, to replace the original City Market slash municipal building that burned two years earlier. Metropolitan Hall was a three-story structure on Fayetteville Street that housed the mayor's office, the jail, the city market, a couple engine houses, the fire alarm bell in a clock tower, and more. The fire department vacated their rooms by the 1890s. Most of the building was vacated in 1914. But it didn't burn. Source: Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection files on Metropolitan Hall at Olivia Raney Local History Library.

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